To undertake (prayer [JH]) is a matter of life and death for all Christians. And no one, however lost he may be, should set it aside if God has awakened him to so great a good.
Camino de perfección 16:3
The continuation of the book is therefore entirely dedicated to prayer.
The Spanish Inquisition had banned many spiritual books for the general public, and especially for women, and so the Sisters of the newly founded Convent of Saint Joseph in Avila asked St Teresa whether she
Every Christian shares in the threefold dignity of Christ - priest, prophet and king. We Carmelites have had a particular prophetic thrust from the very beginnings of our Order coming from the Elijan aspect of our spirituality. The figure of Elijah the contemplative has had a great impact on our spirituality.
We are the brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel. Our Order began because the Latin hermits on Mount Carmel wanted to form themselves into a community of brothers. They had been together long enough
During my visits to the Carmelite Family throughout the world, I have come across many different customs and ways of understanding what it means to be a Carmelite but everywhere I have found the same Carmelite values. These values are well expressed in the Constitutions of the friars: